Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Added Treasure

Another special group of volunteers came to our house from Ohio this past week. Every person who comes leaves a treasure of love in our hearts as bit by bit our home is being made a home again. We love meeting people we may have never met if not for the storm’s damage. We were also given these awesome necklaces, handmade from deer antlers. One for each of us…with a meaningful scripture verse attached. My verse was Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This same week, Jordan, our daughter, received a letter from one volunteer explaining the important structural work he had to do in her room. While searching for the cause of an electrical problem upstairs, they discovered sagging cripple studs; this would mean nothing to me if he didn’t explain the problem—it couldn’t support the second floor. Jordan’s room had been a danger zone.

She wouldn’t be able to see what was there once the wallboard covered it up, but he wanted her to feel secure knowing there was now a strong foundation. He also explained the spiritual application to make sure Jesus was her foundation; he encouraged her to ask Him into her heart. He included a before and after photo of her closet’s foundation with her Uncle Greg who helped too.

Matthew 7:24-27 explains our need for a firm foundation: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock…”


To read more about where this started, you can read a previous post: “Five Kids and a Flood.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Change of Plans Times Five

Don’t look at the mountain!

Casual dining for Easter 2014

This Easter we must have changed our plans five times. Typical me…I’m decision making challenged. Our dilemma: we wanted to have my parents over and go to our church for Easter, but how could we come back to a house that’s still under construction? Our dining room table has been buried under junk for the last few weeks while the bedrooms are getting finished by Samaritan’s Purse volunteers; our living  room is filled with a mountain of bedroom furniture, boxes of stuff, and emptied closets.

No way! We could never have the room ready. There was no place to put anything. So I called my parents and changed the plans. As Gene and I drove to the store, we juggled ideas about getting to church and their house and baseball games the next day with one car. Then the car rattled…louder and scratchier with every block we passed. We had to walk home and plans changed again…Easter at our house in the mess.

Clearing the table was a challenge; I had to find new storage spots and make a path to the couch. As long as everyone ignored the mountain in the center of the room, we were ready. The cherry table cloth helped to brighten up a small part of the room. Then I stopped worrying about what didn’t matter. The best part about not having control of circumstances was that we were forced to focus on God. He got us all to church to celebrate.

Jesus died for us so we can be forgiven and live with Him forever. He conquered death and we are free in Him. That’s what matters. My parents got to hear the beautiful Easter service and Mom made her gravy…so it was a good day.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

The living room mountain at its worst